Rebecca Earle: The History and Politics of the Potato

The Dissenter | 19 April 2024 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Rebecca Earle discussing the origins of the potato, how good it is as a crop, and the status of potatoes in South America; how the potato came to Europe and spread across the globe; the political significance of nutrition in the Enlightenment and the modern era; the Great Famine in Ireland and the response of the British government, and different political views about the potato; attempts by governments to regulate the food market, how people react to them, and whether we really choose what we eat. Draws from her books Potato and Feeding the People: The Politics of the Potato.

See also the episode The Potato.

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